To potential customers, a website’s quality speaks volumes. Even a well-designed and intuitive property will lose customers if it does not function properly or is riddled with annoying bugs. That’s why Quality Assurance (QA) is a frequent themed with anything related to web development.
The main purpose of quality assurance is to identify, mitigate, and in some cases eliminate any potential issues within the development process. When end-users use a web app or website, Quality Assurance ensures that they engage with a functional user interface and receive the best possible experience. It examines a website or web application’s configuration for flaws that may have been overlooked during the building process. At Big Drop, quality assurance and performance testing are critical components of our web development process.
Quality Assurance usually involves:
Customer requirements, as well as other client-approved design documents, are taken into account during requirement testing. A QA specialist compiles a list of expectations and requirements and uses them to evaluate a website’s layout and prototype. Throughout the development process, requirement testing is necessary to ensure that the project team meets all of its mission objectives.
The appearance of a website is evaluated through design. The QA specialist checks whether the website’s look and feel match the proposed design and overall layout when testing the property. Design testing is a multi-faceted process that includes activities like browser testing and mobile testing to make sure that the design is both compatible and consistent across all of a user’s viewing options
A website’s UI (User Interface) and UX (User Experience) are both evaluated during functional testing. It is usually the last step in the Quality Assurance testing process. It’s a meticulous process that ensures that every link, button, form, and other feature works as it should. The website is tested on a variety of browsers and platforms to ensure that the end-user will have no issues browsing or using it.
Quality Assurance Vs. User Testing
Many people assume Quality Assurance and User Testing are the same, but there are clear distinctions between them.
User testing evaluates how users interact with and experience a website or app. It entails:
- The assessment of how people actually use and perceive the site.
- An examination of the website with the goal of identifying any unclear or ambiguous points that could lead a visitor astray.
- Gathering data on how different users interact with the app or website, and how those interactions might differ from the developer’s intentions.
QA, unlike User Testing, focuses on the site or app rather than the user. Regardless, user testing is a valuable addition to Quality Assurance. As a result, user testing data is frequently incorporated into Quality Assurance to provide a more comprehensive result. James Weiss, from Big Drop, says:
Performing Quality Assurance without User Testing is equivalent to doing half of the due diligence associated with the final stages of production. Because User Testing confirms the practicality of theory, supported by tangibility, it validates the assumptions and decisions User Experience architects and User Interface designers make within the initial phases of an engagement – all of which are ideally based on data gathered from comprehensive research aimed at matching specific requirements. To not include User Testing would be a disservice – how else could a property’s strategy be considered sound or viable without proper verification?”
Why Is QA Important?
Any process that wants to deliver high-quality products needs to have quality assurance. Even after development is complete, QA testing should be done on a regular basis. As a result, you’ll be able to spot and fix any problems that arise on your website on a regular basis. Routine QA testing has numerous advantages, including the following:
1.QA Assures You That Your Website Works Perfectly
Double-check that something is working properly before publishing it online. QA testing simulates various online interactions with your website using a variety of tools. esters use this method to ensure that the product is delivering all of the expected features.
2.QA Testing Will Help Boost UX
QA measures actual usability. Usability is, in turn, directly linked to User Experience (UX). QA can help find ways to deliver maximum usability and, as a result, an optimal user experience, especially when supported by user testing data.
3.QA Testing Prevents Disasters from Happening
Web developers and programmers are imperfect humans. They might also produce code that doesn’t work as it should or is incompatible with some of the technologies within an app or website. Some of these errors may go unreported until they result in a catastrophic failure or a compromise of security and privacy. As a result, proper testing is essential to help uncover some of the important flaws that could cause issues with your website.
QA is critical and should not be overlooked during the website development lifecycle. It assures that your product’s usability, functionality, and performance are all outstanding. It’s highly advised that you hire a quality assurance team to work with project developers, designers, and clients to create high-quality goods and solutions built from the ground up.